WASHINGTON (AP) — Trea Turner homered off Alex Colomé in the ninth inning, and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago White Sox 6-4 Wednesday to extend a winning streak to four for the first time since early September.
Washington led 4-1 in the eighth before another meltdown by a bullpen that has a 6.68 ERA — no other team is above 6.00.READ MORE: Woman Critical, 1 of 6 People Wounded In Lawndale Mass Shooting
Leury Garcia singled with one out in the eighth off Kyle Barraclough, and Yoán Moncada hit a drive that Juan Soto caught with a leap at the left-field wall.
José Abreu followed with his 16th homer, Wander Suero relieved and Welington Castillo homered on his first pitch. Washington’s 12th blown save tied Pittsburgh for second-most behind the New York Mets’ 14.
Colomé (2-1) entered in the bottom of the ninth and walked Brian Dozier on four pitches. He fell behind Turner 2-0, and Turner drove a high full-count fastball into the left-field bullpen for his third game-ending home run, his second this season.
Sean Doolittle (4-1) pitched out of two-on, one-out trouble in the ninth, striking out Garcia and Moncada.
Chicago has lost three of four following a season-high five-game winning streak.
Washington starter Anibal Sánchez struck out seven in 5 1/3 innings, allowing four hits that included Moncada’s sixth-inning homer. Chicago’s Dylan Covey gave up two runs and seven hits in five innings.
Kurt Suzuki had an RBI single in the second and hit into a run-scoring forceout in the fourth. Victor Robles had a sacrifice fly in the sixth off Evan Marshall, and another run scored when shortstop Tim Anderson dropped Gerardo Parra’s popup in short center field for an error.READ MORE: Young Woman, 18, Dies After Being Shot In West Elsdon
Anthony Rendon walked in the fifth to extend his on-base streak to 21 games. The third baseman caught Yolmer Sánchez’s one-out liner with the bases loaded in the third, then stepped on the base for an inning-ending double play.
White Sox: OF Jon Jay (hip strain) was 0 for 3 Tuesday in the second game of a rehab assignment with Double-A Birmingham.
Nationals: Dozier entered as a defensive replacement in the ninth, a day after leaving with a bruised right forearm after he was hit by a pitch in the second innings.
White Sox: Iván Nova (3-5, 6.24) is start Friday at Kansas City. He is 2-1 in five starts against the Royals.
Nationals: Patrick Corbin (5-3, 3.46 ERA), looking to bounce back from his worst start of the season last Friday in Cincinnati, starts Thursday in San Diego. He went 6-7 in 14 starts and five relief appearances against the Padres for NL West rival Arizona.
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